cul·ture

/ˈkəlCHər/

 

The characteristics and knowledge
of a particular group of people,
encompassing language, religion,
cuisine, social habits, music and arts.

 

no·mads

/ˈnōˌmads/

 

People who do not stay long in the
same place;  wanderers, travelers.

 

Currently in Brisbane, QLD
Total Miles Traveled: 20,163

 

cul·ture

/ˈkəlCHər/

The characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.

 

 

no·mads

/ˈnōˌmads/

People who do not stay long in the same place;  wanderers, travelers.

 

Currently in Brisbane, QLD

Total Miles Traveled: 20,163

Welcome to Our Family Travel Blog

Welcome

Welcome to Our Family Travel Blog

Welcome

Our family is traveling the world, making memories, and learning. We are currently sailing from French Polynesia to Australia on Hanavave, our 38-foot Fountaine Pajot catamaran.

Travel with us:
Culture Nomads on Travel + Leisure’s Podcast
Culture Nomads Travel Blog | Travel and Leisure Podcast
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I heard about your incredible adventure on the podcast and have since done a deep dive on your Instagram. What you are doing is simply inspiring!!

Pre-covid we took our kids (7 & 9) to NZ and Australia for 6 weeks but I have long dreamed of doing what you are. I wonder if I shoud wait till our kids are in their teens though :).

I will continue to follow your travels but just wanted to say: stranger to another stranger: I believe the gift you are giving your kids right now is the absoute best gift of all. And you inspire me…so thank you!

Erica S.

Crossing the South Pacific: Sailing Tahiti to Australia
Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane: A 13-Day Passage
Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3 | Bora Bora to Fiji: A 15-Day Passage

We are a family of 4 traveling the world full time. Currently, we are sailing the South Pacific from French Polynesia to Australia.

Grant is an Aussie Best-Selling Mindful Leadership Author, Speaker and Business Strategist and Jana is a Czech born and raised Creative Director and Artist. Our son, Jack, is 16 and our daughter, Stella (aka Stellie, Ellie, or Bean) is 15. We also have Mackie and Paigie, 9-year old Labradoodles and Phoebe, a 3-year old Great Dane.

Since 2020 has turned out to be a crazy year, we decided to sell our home in Charlottesville, Virginia, move into “Thelma & Louise,” a 2002 Monaco Diplomat RV and a 2016 Jeep Wrangler and travel the U.S. and Mexico.

After almost 8 months of traveling the U.S. and Mexico with Thelma and Louise, we transitioned to “Hanavave,” a 38-foot catamaran in Tahiti. We will spend the next few months sailing French Polynesia and the South Pacific to Australia.

We invite you to travel with us by following our social channels below.

“Why We Sold Our Home to Live on a Bus and Travel Full-Time”

by Grant & Jana

“Why We Sold Our Home to Live on a Bus and Travel Full-Time”

by Grant & Jana

“How We Stay Safe & Healthy While Traveling Full-Time during COVID-19”

by Grant & Jana

“How We Stay Safe & Healthy While Traveling Full-Time during COVID-19”

by Grant & Jana

“Lessons From the Road | Less is More: Adventure Over Stuff”

by Jana

“Lessons From the Road | Less is More: Adventure Over Stuff”

by Jana

Our Trip

Trip

Our Trip

Trip

Culture Nomads Travel Blog | Our Trip

About Us

About

About Us

About

Gamble Family Adventures RV Travel Blog | Grant
Best-Selling Author & Business Strategist | MacGyver
Gamble Family Adventures RV Travel Blog | Jana
Creative Director | Artist  Outdoors 
Gamble Family Adventures RV Travel Blog | Jack
16 | Soccer Player | Music | “The Office”
Gamble Family Adventures RV Travel Blog | Stellie
15 | Artist | Singer | Animal Lover | Anime

About Hanavave

About

About Hanavave

About

“Hanavave” is a 2002 Catamaran Athena 38 Fountaine Pajot. Hanavave is the name of a very picturesque bay in the Marquesas, an island group located in French Polynesia, about 760 nautical miles northeast of Tahiti. We bought Hanavave from Frank, a nice German man who had sailed her from Germany to Tahiti with the goal of reaching Australia, but his voyage got cut short by COVID and its subsequent travel restrictions and port closures. Prior to that, Hanavave was a charter boat in Croatia for 15 years.

We bought the boat remotely, sight unseen, which means that there were a few surprises that Grant and Jack uncovered upon their arrival. Because Frank had been stuck in Tahiti for quite a while, there was a lot of deferred maintenance on the boat.

Grant has repaired or replaced the main sail, the bimini window and walk boards, the lazy bag rigging, the main sail pulley, the wind turbine system, the alternators and battery charge controller, the emergency hatch in the port head, put in new drive belts, new bed mattresses in all four cabins, repaired the saloon cushions, the oven, and we pulled the boat out of the water to put on new propeller drive seals and to clean, sand and apply new antifouling paint. Grant installed fans and new LED lights in all cabins, built a new table for the rear deck and repaired the trampoline, many of the 12-volt charging ports and installed an inverter.

We’ve also removed many dinghy loads of excess gear and items that we will not need and have cleaned the boat thoroughly, both inside and out.

Hanavave has 4 double cabins and 2 heads with showers. She is powered by solar and wind and has 2 180-liter water tanks. This makes for a lifestyle that has to be very mindful of power and water usage: we “shower” by swimming in the ocean on most days and about once a week we shower on shore in the marina facilities. We wash our dishes in the ocean, we re-wear our clothes and wash them in the marina laundromat, and have to make sure we don’t use too much electricity on sunless or windless days. There is no air conditioning or a freezer on the boat and we also have to be very mindful of the amount of trash we produce.

While they are a big adjustment, we welcome these challenges as we acknowledge that our usual way of living contributes greatly to the green house effect and we want to gain a better understanding around our energy consumption and pollution output in order to live more sustainably going forward.

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About Thelma the Bus

About

About Thelma

About

Thelma was our 2002 Monaco Diplomat RV. We spent almost 8 months traveling the U.S. and Mexico with her between November 2020 and June 2021. She was 40-feet long and had a main living area with a custom built dining section, kitchen section with a fridge, freezer and pantry, two custom built bunks for the kids and a wardrobe with a large cabinet and drawers. The bathroom area was in between the main living area and the back bedroom, which had a queen size bed, large closet and plenty of cabinets and drawers for storage.

Thelma towed Louise, our 2016 Jeep Wrangler. Upon moving on to Hanavave, a catamaran in French Polynesia, we sold Thelma and Louise and they both now live in Washington State.

We will always cherish the memories we made while traveling with Thelma & Louise.

Thelma was our 2002 Monaco Diplomat RV. We spent almost 8 months traveling the U.S. and Mexico with her between November 2020 and June 2021. She was 40-feet long and had a main living area with a custom built dining section, kitchen section with a fridge, freezer and pantry, two custom built bunks for the kids and a wardrobe with a large cabinet and drawers. The bathroom area was in between the main living area and the back bedroom, which had a queen size bed, large closet and plenty of cabinets and drawers for storage.

Thelma towed Louise, our 2016 Jeep Wrangler. Upon moving on to Hanavave, a catamaran in French Polynesia, we sold Thelma and Louise and they both now live in Washington State.

We will always cherish the memories we made while traveling with Thelma & Louise.

 Our Travel Blog

Travel 

Please note that the focus of our blog is not to be a travel guide or a review site. Rather, it is a family diary of our travels accompanied by “Reflections,” which are thought pieces about our experiences.

As we are currently living on a sail boat in French Polynesia, our internet access is quite limited and we are unable to post daily diary entries. You can visit our social media channels for short updates and we will be posting recaps and reflections of longer time periods less frequently.

Thanks for traveling with us! 😎✌️

 Our Travel Blog

Travel

Please note that the focus of our blog is not to be a travel guide or a review site. Rather, it is a family diary of our travels accompanied by “Reflections,” which are thought pieces about our experiences.

As we are currently living on a sail boat in French Polynesia, our internet access is quite limited and we are unable to post daily diary entries. You can visit our social media channels for short updates and we will be posting recaps and reflections of longer time periods less frequently.

Thanks for traveling with us! 😎✌️

Travel Diary

Travel

A log of what we get up to, including a photo and video galleries.

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passageinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th....

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage

After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

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Sailing

Sailing

Video episodes of our South Pacific Crossing

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passage

Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 4: Fiji to Brisbane Passageinstagramfacebookyoutubetwitter  A Long-Awaited Departure After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th....

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Sailing Tahiti to Australia | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage

After having waited in French Polynesia for two and a half months, we excitedly sailed out of Bora Bora around 7:30 am on Saturday, September 4th. Like the rest of French Polynesia, Bora Bora was in COVID lockdown, and we had spent the last week waiting for our departure paperwork to go through all the requisite bureaucratic channels. This required multiple trips to the local gendarmerie (police station), where Grant quickly befriended the two kind and helpful officers, Alex and Bruno.

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Places

Places

These are some of the states we have visited so far. Click here to view all.

BC

Baja, Mexico

UT

Utah

National Parks

Parks

These are some of the National Parks we have visited. Click here to view all.

AZ

Grand Canyon

UT

Arches

FOR SALE in Australia, link in bio | 2002 Athena 38 Fountaine Pajot | Length: 11,50m (37’8”) | Beam: 6,30m (20’6”) | Draft: 1,20m (3’9”) | Displacement: 5,5 T | Material: Fiberglass | Rigging: Sloop | Engines: 2 Yanmar 3YM30 29HP | 4 Double Cabins ...

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The video of our last South Pacific crossing passage from Fiji to Brisbane is up. Go to our IGTV, YouTube channel, or website (link in bio) to see it…for some reason IGTV did not post the preview when I uploaded it. Mercury was still in retrograde 🤣. ...

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Sailing: Crossing the South Pacific | Leg 3: Bora Bora to Fiji Passage. This is the third leg of our sailing passage from Tahiti, French Polynesia, to Brisbane, Australia: a 15-day passage from Bora Bora to Fiji.

Our sailing trip to Australia shifted from leisurely island hopping to full-on passage making when all the ports in the South Pacific closed after our arrival in Tahiti in June. This passage from Bora Bora to Fiji took 15 days. As leisurely and idyllic as the video seems, the reality of the trip included a relentless combination of swell and waves that caused Jana and Ellie to be sea sick for the entire passage. We also had some drama involving a fly over from the French Navy and a main sail repair at 1am in 18-knot winds with death-defying stunts by Grant.

If you want to know what a passage is really like, read the blog post that accompanies this video (link in bio). Full disclosure: I cried three times in the first week. I'm forever grateful to my sister and mom for their moral support via satellite throughout the trip. It was far from my comfort zone and I may have lost my mind without them.

Our last passage will be from Fiji to Brisbane and will take about 11-13 days. We are in Fiji waiting for an optimal weather window, which should open up next week. Right now we plan on a tentative Sunday or Monday departure.

#sailing #sailinglife #fulltimesailing #sailingfamily #sailingpassage #passage #southpacificcrossing #sailingsouthpacific #catamaran #fountainepajot #frenchpolynesia #tahiti #moorea #borabora #sailingborabora #fiji #bluelanes #fijibluelanes #sailingfiji
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Sailing: Crossing the South Pacific | Leg 2: Mo'orea to Bora Bora. This is the second leg of our sailing passage from Tahiti, French Polynesia, to Brisbane, Australia. We sailed from Mo'orea to Bora Bora before moving on to Fiji, and finally Australia.

#sailing #sailinglife #fulltimesailing #sailingfamily #sailingpassage #passage #southpacificcrossing #sailingsouthpacific #catamaran #fountainepajot #frenchpolynesia #tahiti #moorea #borabora #sailingborabora
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Sailing: Crossing the South Pacific | Leg 1: Tahiti to Mo'orea. This is the first leg of our sailing passage from Tahiti to Brisbane, Australia. We sailed from Tahiti to Mo'orea before moving on to Bora Bora, Fiji, and finally Australia.

#sailing #sailinglife #fulltimesailing #sailingpassage #passage #southpacificcrossing #sailingsouthpacific #catamaran #fountainepajot #frenchpolynesia #tahiti #moorea
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